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The untranslateable
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The untranslateable

Some words in other languages don’t translate well, if at all. Nevertheless, they can still pack quite a punch.   Steve Latham   Two words which stay in my mind are, respectively, the Japanese term ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the Portuguese expression ‘Saudade’. Each expresses something unique, which we in English […]

The idea of the contemporary
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The idea of the contemporary

What comes after? What happens when you’ve already declared the end of all things? Postmodernism reacted against modernist hubris, but what comes next?   Steve Latham   Postmodernism questioned the unjustified faith of modernism in absolute reason, its ability to give firm foundations to thought, morals, art and politics. But […]

I was (not) a teenage fascist!
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I was (not) a teenage fascist!

The problem with much of the commentary on recent events in Charlottesville in the USA, is that left-wingers don’t have much understanding or sympathy for the Alt-Right.     Steve Latham   We don’t have to agree, but we do need to appreciate the internal psychology of the rightist adolescent […]

Colonial wars
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Colonial wars

Donald’ Trump’s latest TV address reversed his pre-election commitments, to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.   Steve Latham   Instead he promised to increase the numbers of US soldiers there, and fight to win. In effect, he is continuing Barak Obama’s policy in the region. The geopolitical demands of US foreign […]